Kernan Hospital Will Now Operate as the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

For immediate release: July 09, 2013

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New Name Reflects Intensified Research Focus and Partnership with University of Maryland

BALTIMORE - The University of Maryland Medical System today announces an important milestone for rehabilitation and orthopaedic services in the state of Maryland. Effective July 2013, Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital will be known as the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, reflecting its growing prominence in innovative and collaborative research to advance patient care, strong ties to the University of Maryland and continued commitment to the highest-quality patient-focused care.

"As one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation care and research facilities, the specialized services that we provide the citizens of Maryland are increasingly being sought by patients looking for innovative care,” says Michael Jablonover, M.D., chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He adds, "While our name may be changing, what will not change is the tradition of providing the best rehabilitative and orthopaedic care in the region.”

The hospital specializes in advanced rehabilitation services and state-of-the-art technological and surgical approaches to help patients recovering from trauma and stroke as well as spinal cord, brain and other injuries. The hospital also has a comprehensive orthopaedic program, including joint replacement surgery.

"Our founder, James Lawrence Kernan, established this hospital with a vision of better rehabilitative care. As we enter this new era, we strive to honor that legacy through the commitment of our interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, therapists and other staff to further our mission helping our patients to recover and achieve their maximum independence,” adds Dr. Jablonover.

The 144-bed University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital and provider of rehabilitation services in the state. Patients make the transition to rehabilitation after recovering from cardiovascular events such as stroke, traumatic injury, orthopaedic surgery and other illnesses.

Other specialty programs that are located at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute include treatment services for amputation, rheumatology, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neuro-degenerative disorders, and a broad range of outpatient clinics, including the University of Maryland Pain Management Center, dental services and the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Many of the hospital’s physicians are faculty members and physician-scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The institute’s growing research focus may feature expanded collaborative studies in stroke, spinal cord and brain injury, and physical therapy. Researchers and patients also have access to state-of-the art technologies such as a new dynamic body-weight support system to help patients with gait dysfunction and a motorized exoskeleton designed to help paraplegics gain upright mobility.

The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is part of the University of Maryland Medical System, a 12-hospital system of academic, community and specialty hospitals.

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The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. UMMS has more than 21,500 employees, approximately 2,300 licensed beds, about 120,000 annual patient admissions and gross patient revenues of $2.8 billion. Additionally, the Medical System generates nearly $4.4 billion in economic activity in Maryland. For more information, visit www.umms.org.